Mama's Salted Power
On my first visit to Death Valley National Park, one of my first places to visit was the Badwater Basin and its amazing salt flats. These salty lands cover nearly 200 square miles and are too harsh for most plants and animals to survive. Expanding salt crystals pushes the crust upwards, into these rough geometric forms.
With the lack of rain, these salt flats can start looking brown and ugly. When I visited Badwater the previous year, the crazy geometric forms were low lying and poorly formed, from wind blowing the crusts away and lack of rainfall to replenish them. However, all the rain in the last year finally recreated the patterns and the salt flats looked gorgeous when we arrived.
Willie, David and I woke up from our campground and looked up for the clouds. To the north, east, and west, the sky was clear. To the south: clouds! South it was: to Badwater! Sure enough, when Mama Nature brought the sun up, the clouds lit up in insane orange colors, throwing the whole scene into a sunrise glow.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/14, 1/15 sec, ISO 100